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This was the first book of the series written by Snow, and so the series is named for it – but the book is now better known by the alternative title of George Passant. And it is him the story is about. The narrator, Lewis Eliot, is one of a group of young adults in an unnamed East Midlands town during the late 1920s. The nearest city is Nottingham, but the town is certainly not Mansfield. Snow was from Leicester, so it’s more likely to be somewhere south of Nottingham – Loughborough, perhaps. An ...more
I read an old (like from the sixties old) copy of this, so it had the original title of the novel, which went on to become the title of the series of which it was the first (written) volume. Eventually, though, Snow wrote a prequel which predates this in the sequence of events, and as "Strangers and Brothers" had become the name of the entire series, the name of this volume was changed to "George Passant". The series deals with the generation that came of age in England shortly after The Great W ...more
A curious book. The story was not particularly engaging at first but gradually reeled me in. The picture painted is one of a very particular time and place - a culture that shouldn't seem that different from ours but is. The characters and motives are complicated and the story unfolds in a slightly back-and-forward manner. I enjoyed the book, but couldn't find a reason particularly to recommend it to anyone else.